Master in International Law (MIL)

General

Program Description

Fact sheet MIL

This factsheet lists some key information about the Master's program in International Law (MIL).

  • Master's program: International Law (MIL)
  • Degree: Master of Arts HSG (M.A. HSG)
  • Program start: Week 8 (spring semester) and week 38 (fall semester)
  • Duration: 1.5 years / 3 Semesters, full-time
  • Credits: 90 ECTS
  • Program language: English
  • Program running since: 2013
  • Accreditation: EQUIS, AACSB
  • Application window: Spring semester: 1st September to 31st October / Fall Semester: 1st October to 30th April

The Master's Programme in International Law (MIL) is a highly innovative degree course combining international law with essential aspects of business and government and strong practical emphasis.

The MIL Program:

  • Attracts candidates from different academic backgrounds, admitting students who have earned their first degrees in law, law and economics, international affairs, management, economics, and other fields with basic legal education.
  • Offers a highly innovative curriculum that blends a specialized legal education in international law with essential aspects of business and politics and strong practical emphasis.
  • Opens the door to a wide array of attractive positions, preparing graduates for professional careers in multinational corporations, government, diplomacy, international organizations, compliance and regulatory affairs, business consulting, law firms, NGOs as well as other public and private institutions.
  • Benefits from a large number of distinguished scholars in the Law School as well as the University's other Schools, counting among its faculty several internationally renowned visiting professors and high-profile legal practitioners with expertise in areas such as negotiation and international dispute settlement.
  • Fosters international exposure, encouraging students to take advantage of the University's vast network of exchange programs with 150 universities worldwide.
  • Gives students the opportunity to combine the MIL with the one-year CEMS-Master in International Management (MIM), the internationally renowned master's degree in business administration offered by the Community of European Management Schools.

Career Prospects

The MIL curriculum combines a specialized legal education with interdisciplinary training, an international perspective, and an emphasis on practical problem-solving.

 With its innovative study program, the MIL opens the door to a wide array of attractive positions, preparing graduates for professional careers in multinational corporations, government, diplomacy, international organizations, compliance and regulatory affairs, business consulting, law firms, NGOs as well as other public and private institutions.

Given its focus on international law and interdisciplinarity, the MIL differs from standard legal programs intended for students who, after their bar exams, will go on to work as legal practitioners, particularly as attorneys, in their national jurisdictions.

Some law graduates, after completing their MLaw or MLE, might think about pursuing an international corporate or public-sector career in order to practice law in a global environment. They may find that the MIL is just the academic program they are looking for as it can make an essential contribution to fulfilling their international aspirations.

Subject to the grades achieved, the MIL degree will also enable students to enter a promising academic career as it provides access to Ph.D. programs.

Curriculum

The MIL grants students enormous latitude in electing classes from across the program's rich and diverse curriculum. Such freedom gives them the opportunity to put together a course of study that meets their professional objectives and personal preferences.

A distinctive feature of the MIL curriculum is the carefully arranged combination of mandatory courses and electives. Three mandatory courses ensure that students will acquire a sound general understanding of the normative and analytical framework of international law. At the same time, a rich offering of electives enables them to specialize in selected topics in law, management studies, or political science.

Mandatory courses

All of the three mandatory courses are foundational in character. They provide students with the knowledge, the analytical tools, and the practical skills required for a general grasp of the theory and practice of international law. They cover the legal method and theory of international business law, international negotiation, and the international legal order.

Core electives

Core electives are courses designed to deepen students' understanding of specific international law topics. Courses are organized in clusters each concentrating on a particular subject area. Eventually, the program may comprise up to six or seven clusters covering subjects such as International and European Business Law, Financial and Capital Markets Law, Dispute Resolution, International Organisations and Politics, Theoretical Foundations, Legal Profession, and Institutional Management. Students choose courses according to their own individual interests.

Legal electives

Legal electives enhance students' legal expertise and allow them to specialize while granting great freedom of choice. Students may opt for additional courses from the MIL core electives, or they select classes from specifically designed MIL legal electives. They may attend various courses from the MLaw and MLE. In addition, students are invited to participate in a variety of practice workshops, especially Moots in which the Law School regularly takes part.

Independent electives

Independent electives present a wide range of options. Students choose to depend on their own preferences. They may wish to attend further core electives, legal electives or courses offered throughout the other Master's programs of the University.

Master's Thesis

The Master's thesis allows students to concentrate on a research question in a specialized subject area of their own choice. It is graded and weighed with 18 ECTS. The focus of the Master’s thesis must be broadly related to international law. The thesis must normally be written in English.

Contextual studies

Contextual Studies complement the MIL's core studies. They include courses in Skills and in different Concentrations.

Practice credits

Practice credits are awarded for practical activities which are closely related to the MIL, such as internships at a law firm, courts, national and international authorities, organizations and NGOs, projects and mandate in various settings.

MIL Admission Criteria

  • Recognized degree from a Swiss University with at least 180 ECTS credit points.
  • Language requirements in the language of instruction English.

Please consult our website for further details and the most up-to-date information about the admission criteria.

Application

  • The degree program starts in the fall and spring semesters. The application is made online. The application fee is CHF 250.
  • Application period: 1st September to 31st October for the spring semester; 1st October to 30th April for the fall semester.

Student Profile

The MIL is a novel study course combining a thorough specialist legal education with essential aspects of business and politics and a strong emphasis on practical training.

With its interdisciplinary perspective, the MIL seeks to attract candidates from a variety of educational backgrounds. Some MIL students will have earned their first degree in law or law and economics, others in fields such as international affairs, management, and economics. This will allow graduates to benefit from the interactions within a diverse class of academic peers.

MIL students share a strong practical commitment. They have a keen interest in the fascinating interplay of law, business, and politics. In their professional careers, they will actively engage with some of the most challenging legal issues of the present day.

MIL students consider an international perspective indispensable. They seek to broaden their international competencies and experience by taking full advantage of access to the University's wide range of language courses, cultural studies, and student services. 

Last updated Oct 2020

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Accreditations

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